Interprofessional Mental Health Practice Certificate
Take a step to promote and support positive mental health. Learn through a blend of online and practicum courses in this evidence- and practice-based program, in which you will gain demonstrable expertise in mental health training.
You can enhance the positive impact you already make on the health and well-being of your clients and people in your community. Learn intervention strategies and how to enhance protective factors in vulnerable populations.
This 15-credit program is ideal for you if you are a fourth-year nursing student or currently employed in a setting such as health, criminal justice, social services and treatment facilities and seek to build the knowledge and competencies needed to work with clients who have mental health issues.
With the exception of its practicum component (which must be taken in BC), the program is available to applicants who meet the admission requirements (see below) and are residing in Canada, who either are Canadian citizens or else have a current student or working visa.
Typical completion time is within two years. Courses are sequential and taken one at a time. To stay in good standing with the program, you must take a minimum of one course every year.
As a TRU student, you are eligible to apply for a variety of awards. Search TRU's awards guide on the Student Awards and Financial Support page.
BC's health care system's capacity for mental health and substance use specialists has increased. There is a need—and job opportunities—for skilled professionals who can respond effectively to individuals with mental health problems. The Mental Health Practice Certificate program, offered in collaboration with TRU's School of Nursing and grounded in a student-centred approach, responds to this need.
In the program's 12-day practicum, which includes opportunities for experiential learning, you gain and demonstrate the behavioural and technical competencies required to meet the current Competencies for Canada's Substance Abuse Workforce, thereby enhancing your opportunities for employment.
If you already work in a setting with clients who have mental health issues, you will acquire a clearer understanding of your own values and practice framework.
This five-course certificate program will provide interdisciplinary learners who are working in mental health practice or those interested in this area an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and competencies necessary to work in a variety of mental health settings within facilities, agencies and community. This mental health practice program will integrate theoretical constructs from best practices in the mental health field with the technical and behavioural competencies required for interdisciplinary practice.
One of the following:
- Currently employed in a setting such as health, criminal justice, social services and treatment facilities and seek to build the knowledge and competencies needed to work with clients who have mental health issues.
- Have graduated from a certificate, diploma or bachelor’s degree program in health and human services (official transcript required).
- Have obtained permission of the Associate Dean or a designate.
- Fourth-year standing in TRU's Nursing program or permission from the School of Nursing.
- Eligible to take a 4000-level course, (official transcript required).
- A Program Admission Form
- Official transcripts, must be sent directly from the delivering institution to and received by TRU-OL Admissions approximately four weeks prior to course start dates.
- Please send this to the attention of our Nursing department: tru_OL_nursing@tru.ca.
- Prior to the practicum you will be required to submit: Consent to a Criminal Record Check (CRC) form
A minimum of 6 TRU credits (distance courses; this program is not offered on campus)
Certificate Requirements (15 credits)
To graduate from this program, you must receive a GPA of 2.00 (a grade of C) or higher in each of the following five courses:
HLTH 4411, Introduction to Mental Health (3)
HLTH 4421, Assessment and Intervention Approaches to Mental Health Problems (3) (in development)
HLTH 4531, Assessment and Intervention Approaches in Concurrent Disorders (3)
HLTH 4441, Population Based Mental Health Assessment and Intervention (3)
HLTH 4551, Directed Studies Practicum in Substance Use and Concurrent Disorders (3)
Prior to registering in HLTH 4441, you must complete all theory courses, with a GPA of 2.00 (a grade of C) or higher.
The program coordinator, with your input, arranges an appropriate practicum. This directed practicum is based on availability and resources in the community that you select. The practicum consists of a total of 96 hours and can be completed on a part-time or full-time basis. To complete the practicum, you may need to relocate at your expense if suitable service agencies are unavailable near where you live. Acceptance into this program does not guarantee a practicum placement.
To graduate from this program, you must complete and pass all theory courses and the practicum (HLTH 4551) with a GPA of 2.00 (a grade of C) or higher.
Non-Program Professional Development Option
Gain a clearer understanding of your own values and practice framework.
If you already work in a setting with clients who use substances, you may be eligible to take HLTH 4511 as part of your professional development or an introduction to this field.
Consult with your program coordinator or your Program Advisor to ensure that the courses you select are available and appropriate for your program of study and educational goals. Otherwise, you may find that a course does not meet the program requirements and cannot be applied toward the program's credential.
See Tuition and Fees for details.
The funding to develop this program was received from the Interior Health Authority (IHA) in recognition of the need to address the strategic priorities addressed in the BC Ministry of Health's Setting Priorities for the B.C. Health System.